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Convicted Norwegian worked as a police officer in the United States

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A 39-year-old Norwegian man was fired as a police officer in Cleveland, USA, in June after Kripos reported that he was previously convicted.

A photo on Facebook of the cop along with Cleveland’s mayor and police chief revealed the 39-year-old. One official in Norwegian Kripos discovered the picture after several Hells Angels members left comments under the picture, VG writes.

“This is not one you want in your ranks, believe me,” the Kripos staff wrote in an email to US authorities.

Because the Norwegian did not disclose that he was previously convicted in Norway, he has now been fired. It shows an internal investigation into Cleveland police, according to the newspaper.

The 39-year-old was hired by Cleveland police in the state of Ohio in June 2018 and, after training, was taken into oath on January 18th this year. Only days later, the concerning message came from Norway, and the Norwegian was suspended. He was fired on June 1st this year.

In 2008, the Norwegian was sentenced to six months imprisonment in Agder Court of Appeal for participation in threats of financial gain in a major blackmail case. Both he and several of the defendants pretended to be police investigators, according to the verdict. In 2015 he was sentenced to pay NOK 37,719 in damages in the Oslo District Court. The Norwegian was, along with two others, accused of claiming in 2010 to be civilian police officers who “arrested” a man in Romsås in Oslo.

In the interview with VG, the Norwegian says that the reason he did not state that he was convicted was because it had happened elsewhere than in the US, and that he therefore did not think it had to be disclosed. This was also his explanation under interrogation.

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